American Airlines announces senior leadership team

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American Airlines Group Inc. today announced the senior leadership team that will report to Robert Isom when he becomes CEO on March 31, 2022.

Current Chief Financial Officer Derek Kerr will assume the additional designation of Vice Chair of American Airlines, overseeing all corporate financial functions, global corporate risk and corporate development.

Kerr will also continue oversight of American Eagle operations, the regional network responsible for approximately half of American’s departures.

Steve Johnson will undertake a new strategic advisory role focused on strategy development, economics and competition issues, corporate governance and ESG, and corporate development. In this role Johnson will hold the title of Executive Vice President.

Maya Leibman will continue serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, leading all technology efforts for the airline, including the organization’s next-generation strategic initiatives.

In addition, the following individuals will be joining American’s senior leadership team:

  • Priya Aiyar, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer
  • Cole Brown, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
  • Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
  • Nate Gatten, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Government Affairs Officer
  • Vasu Raja, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
  • David Seymour, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Current President and Incoming CEO Robert Isom said: “These executives are all extremely capable and experienced leaders, and together, they form an unstoppable team.

“This team possesses deep intellectual and technical expertise and truly takes the ethos of servant leadership to heart.

“And they all embrace and live our purpose of caring for people on life’s journey.

“Importantly, we are all aligned around the importance welcoming our customers back to an incredibly reliable airline and returning American to profitability as soon as possible.

“Each of these individuals has played a key part in American’s recovery through the pandemic and I’m excited to work with them as we lead American forward into 2022 and beyond.

“We are honored to work for our people, customers and shareholders, and know that we only win when we operate as one team.”